Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama

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See one of the main features of the renowned event at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. The ornate festival floats pass through the city during the festival, in line with a tradition begun around 350 years ago. With the festival taking place twice yearly, the floats get displayed when not in use in this large hall. Walk between the carefully crafted floats, admiring the subtle differences in design between each of these 17th-century treasures. A short video explains the roots and traditions of the festival, helping to contextualize the respect and reverence with which each of the floats is treated. Take a look at our Takayama trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • These tanks are staggering. Imagine the time and skill of the craftsmen who created them. That said, we fear measure very low technological level of the country before Europeans.
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  • Went there for a short visit. A few Floats in the exhibition. Very colourful and nice. Describes the history of the floats. 900 Yen per person.  more »
  • A bit pricey entry fee of 900 ¥ but it values that money, there is booth for taking our picture with template pictures of matsuri floats at the beginning, we advanced to big hall with displayed all ma...  more »
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  • Excellent exhibits, good video showing the festival. Ticket also includes the museum next door that displays amazing models of old places
  • Cute, English guide is a little hard to understand and sign English a little funny, but generally understandable. Beautiful floats.
  • Floats are impressive, however this exhibition was the most expensive museum we went to in all Japan. For that it doesn't offer much. Not a good value
  • Has an English guide, but the video which explains the function of the floats and the ceremony they are involved in is not. They are pretty, but without much context it is up to the visitors imagination, unless they speak Japanese obviously.
  • Some of the floats are exhibited here. Definitely visit here if you don't get the chance to participate the festival.

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Look along the banks of the river running north-south through Takayama for arguably the town's best accommodations. Traditional ryokan (guesthouses) with onsite onsen (traditional Japanese spas) occupy scenic positions across this central area, displaying fine carpentry skills of the locals and the distinctive architectural style they developed over the years. West of this area, you'll find a number of basic ryokan, with a decent selection of side-street hostels and standard hotels around the train station.
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